I am a retired teacher from Virginia, now residing in the beautiful Lowcountry.
One of the subjects I taught during my 31 years of tenure was American history, a subject about which I am quite passionate. At one point, I had an argument with a curriculum specialist who informed me: "We can't cover it all, so we should start with the Civil War." Well, I did cover it all. How else can you give students a foundation of what caused this great nation to be what it is if you only start with the Civil War?
Recently, it was my privilege to hear some essays about the War of 1812 written by students in local schools. Each student had chosen a different person and aspect of that war as their subject. The essays varied in style but not in depth of understanding. And each of these students paid tribute to their teachers for inspiring them to do the research necessary to write their essay.
South Carolina is often talked about as being behind in education, but when one hears the work produced, such as I did, you realize that is just media talk. Our local students are getting a fine background in American history. They will have a better understanding of how we arrived where we are today as a nation. Their essays covered characteristics of courage, integrity and fortitude, all found in great leaders. Their grasp of what it took to defend this country in the War of 1812 was incredible.
Sunni Bond Winkler
Hilton Head Island